Here is story that I hope you find amusing, since I did. My husband and I, who have a bluefront Amazon, went into a parrot store the other day. The store owner allows some of the birds to fly freely. We enjoy looking at the different varieties and playing with them.
Anyway, this particular day I noticed the pet shop owner had a yellow naped Amazon on his shoulder who was really "displaying" as we walked in to the store - hunkering down, shaking her wings, all the things that our Amazon does when he wants to get our attention. We then started to walk around the store, looking at the various birds. Next thing you know, there was a green blur in the air, and the Amazon had landed on my husband's shoulder. She seemed very agitated (dialating eyes, flaring tail), and the pet store owner came and got her off my husband.

Apparently, my husband looks a lot like her owner - the pet store guy actually thought it was him when we came in. We continue to walk around the store, and here comes the Amazon again - now she is really perturbed, pacing around on my husband's neck and shoulder and displaying with greater agitation. I got worried for him, and went to pick her up. I managed to do so though she bit me pretty good. The pet store owner then put her in her cage, where she basically cursed us in parrot language/behavior for next few minutes.

Sometimes, it's hard to read parrots, but sometimes it's very, very easy. We agreed that the owner probably had an unpleasant surprise when he came back to pick the parrot up she didn't seem like she would forget the perceived snub too quickly.
Kate
Here is story that I hope you find amusing, since I did. My husband and I, who have a bluefront Amazon, went into a parrot store the other

That is an interesting story. Luckily, your husband did not get frightened or bitten on the face/head when the Amazon landed on him. Actually, the story is a bit scary, when you really think about what could have happened, in terms of getting bitten by an unknown bird that is showing mating/displaying/territorial behaviour, right next to your face.
Another amusing story about territoral birds is about my female (we think) Mitred Conure, Penny. Penny is about three and a half years old and is quite the character. She will try to bite just about any one in the house (depending on her mood) except me (even then I need to watch her carefully). She has discovered that she really enjoys being on top of our Sun Conure's (Skipper) cage. Penny is physically challenged because of severe lead poisoning that happened last summer - she has a real hard time using her feet to grip, so you can understand her feeling pretty good about herself being able to climb to the top of Skipper's cage.
Anyhow, Penny can be quite territorial on the cage and doesn't mind using her beak to remind you. Last night, at bedtime, I went up to Penny and reached out my hand (warily) for her to step up. As expected, she made a bite attempt. I then walked over to the kitchen drawer, got out a large dishtowel and walked back over to the cage. I held up the towel so she could see it quite clearly. Her demeanor changed in an instant. When I put my hand out for her to step up, she stepped up without complaint! Twice before I have had to towel her to get her off the cage. I guess she figured it would be easier to step up than be toweled again. My wife and I laughed our butts off.
I must be in a bad mood today as I don't find that story amusing. You never know what a bird might do, especially with strangers, especially if he is away from home. I am glad your husband did not get hurt.
Thanks for the laugh! I think it was rather amusing. I feel birds sometimes need to know who is the boss, kind of like an attitude adjustment. Sometimes I have to convince my B/G macaw to do things he doesn't want to do. I wish I could get a grip on my grey cheeked parakeet. He thinks he is the boss...does not want to be handled unless he has gotten off his cage. When he starts in "squawking" the macaw tells him QUIET! It is hysterical because he usually shuts up!

Any other suggestions on attitude adjustments? Do we own them or do they own us?
Thanks again for the laugh! Kind of like been there, done that.

BLL
Anyhow, Penny can be quite territorial on the cage and doesn't mind using her beak to remind you. Last night, ... the cage. I held up the towel so she could see it quite clearly. Her demeanor changed in an instant.

That's really funny! They're smart little creatures, aren't they? Becky
Even funnier - Penny and I did the same dance last night - all kinds of attitude until she saw the dish towel.
They are very bright little critters.
Andee
I wouldn't call it a bad mood. You just saw the potential seriousness of the situation. Personally, I would have been extremely nervous, or down right scared in that circumstance. Amazons have very powerful beaks and can inflict a lot of damage. The gentleman in question was very fortunate that he was not injured. Then there is the issue of the liability that the pet store would incur if someone was injured - that would be a huge lawsuit (at least in the US). Sometimes people tend to laugh later at circumstances that scared them silly at the time.
Andrew.